Climbed via the Cheaha Lake Trail and spent quite a while at the Rock Garden. Beautiful area! Most would probably assume that there is nothing like this in Alabama. The summit itself was anticlimatic, but the mountain itself is impressive for this state. It was a great day for climbing.
NICE OBSERVATION TOWER AT SUMMIT
Climbed up from Cheaha Lake to the Rock Gardens, and then found the top by following a myriad of roads to the highpoint. The best part was the view from the Rock Gardens...a surprisingly beautiful view, and I had it mostly to myself. 7th highpoint, I think.
The Observation Tower was worth the drive to this State Highpoint. Beautiful weather, gorgeous views. I met a couple of highpointers from Georgia, and talked with them for a while.
Minor highpointing milestone: This was my 10th State Highpoint reached.
There was construction going on all around the summit, but they let me sneak in and tag the highest point. A nice area.
Drove up Friday and hiked and bouldered around Bald Rock (after making the obligatory stop at the highpoint), then watched the sunset at Pulpit Rock. Completely alone on the trails (refreshingly). Was joined by co-workers after making camp in the lower primitive camping. BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. In the morning hiked into the rock gardens and rappelled and climbed until sunset on Saturday. The absolute best weekend I've in the last 9 month of living in Alabama.
Took a while to find it...
We wouldn't be able to understand the english the local were speaking...!!
My dog Spanky and I nail number five! In a little over a month we've hit a full 10% of the nation's state summits. (The easy ones actually) Read all about it at http://50summits.blogspot.com
Dootie #3 and I hit this one on the way to The PapaJohns.com bowl in Birmingham. Beautiful sites, absolutely love it. Very first high point!
Car camped here Dec 31st, no beer sold in AL on Sundays, so no New Years drinking for me this time. Woke up early and hiked up from the Cheaha trailhead parking, through the woods, then followed the road up through the gate and on to the summit. Very foggy, but a nice tower at least. About 2 miles round trip. The Park Ranger was very nice late the night when I got there and started setting up my car camp when asking me what I was doing at 11:45 on December 31st after I parked, hahaha. Good guys, Nice area, wanted to hike up Talladega Mt too, but had to get driving. Surprised that's not on here yet...Highpoint #7.
Go to Cheaha all the time, great views and a decent place to take car campers for a night. No real challenge, but a nice day nonetheless.
Drive-up. Did some more hiking in the area. Nice state park.
Quickie visit. Just drove up - #2 of 3 state HPs this day. Lots of rain.
Couldn't find a trail that started at the base and went to the top. So I started at the top and went to the bottom and returned back up. The views were decent, I guess the best AL has to offer, it was worth the trip and it was highpoint number 4.
I was impressed by this mountain. I didn't think Alabama would have something like this. There's a nice overlook on the drive there that gives you a good idea of the size of this mountain.
Summited during a drive from FL to MI.
Great view to conduct fieldwork...
At a conference in Atlanta. Drove over to bag as a state HP. Looks like a neat place to spend a few days backpacking
This is actually the most accessible high point from Atlanta, and is one of the best ones in the region. I've done a lot of trips to the North Georgia Mountains, but was pleasantly suprised by the "Alabama Alps" with the scenic parkway (a diminuitive blue Ridge parkway). Be careful when hiking here in the late spring/summer. Although the terrain feels a lot like North Georgia, the elevations are significantly lower and it can get very hot, especially if you are trying the Lake Trail approach, which I highly recommend.